Police departments across the United States have come under heavy criticism tonight after several law enforcement agencies were accused of culturally appropriating the Hong Kong Police in their brutal handling of the on-going George Floyd protests.
The police have denied the many accusations of police brutality, and large numbers have responded by severely beating and maiming anyone who tries to say otherwise.
Political commentators and social activists are now saying that these recent police actions have been directly appropriated from the Hong Kong Police Force, and their response to Hong Kong’s own civil liberties protests that have been raging since last year.
“I can’t believe we’re still seeing this in 2020,” said one Twitter user.
“It’s bad enough they put Confucius on T-shirts and mugs in the US. But responding to accusations of police brutality by brutalizing people? That’s directly appropriating the HKPF #CancelThePoliceForCulturalAppropriation.”
The #CancelThePoliceForCulturalAppropriation hashtag has become a rallying point for millions of users online, who are reportedly “sick and tired of these police officers treating minorities and people of colour like garbage”.
As one such user told us, “The HKPF have spent months putting in the hard work – canvassing the streets, shooting indiscriminately at protestors, planting agitators to give them a reason to beat people, you know, good, solid police work.
“All of a sudden, these US cops come in and take all the credit like it was their idea. It’s completely unfair.”
In light of the new accusations, and in spite of the ongoing animosity, multiple police departments across America have accepted the criticism of how they are run and have promised to “do better” for the sake of all Americans.
“These are accusations we do not take lightly,” said one Police Chief in a press release.
“It’s one thing to inordinately target black people based only on the colour of their skin, but neither I nor my officers would ever think to appropriate someone else’s culture. We’ve got to take a good long look at ourselves.”